Wayne Rooney is considered a doubt for Manchester United’s League Cup final against Southampton on Sunday as he is still struggling to overcome a muscular injury.
The Times reports that Rooney will miss Man United’s game against St. Etienne and having already missed our last three games, Rooney’s absence on Sunday looks likely.
Even if he does overcome his injury, having not trained properly for a few weeks it is surely going to be tough for Rooney to be anywhere near ready for Sunday and Jose Mourinho hinted at that when discussing his fitness.
“Rooney is injured,” Mourinho said.
“Jones is injured. I don’t think they will recover [to face Saint-Etienne on Wednesday]. Valencia was rested but Rooney and Jones haven’t trained with the team yet so I don’t think they will be there for Wednesday.”
When your club captain is missing for a cup final it is sure to have an affect on the team but our form in the last few games suggests we’ll have more than enough threat in his absence.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is continuing to score goals, Marcus Rashford‘s form is improving, Henrikh Mkhitaryan is looking brilliant and Anthony Martial is in a rich vein of form. Add Juan Mata and Paul Pogba into that equation and we’ve got goals everywhere in the squad.
It’s strange seeing a United team playing without Rooney for such a long time but I’ll be honest and say I am enjoying it. We’re more free flowing at the moment and it’s not often that a club can head into a cup final with the possibility of their captain missing and still be in a very confident mood.